Academic Integrity Committee

AIC on the web:
Statement of Purpose: 
In order to promote academic integrity at West Haven High School, this policy clearly defines plagiarism and cheating, lists procedures for teachers to follow if confronted with a cheating incident, outlines various consequences for students who decide to cheat, and gives students the opportunity to promise not to engage in such conduct.

Academic Integrity  Cheating will not be tolerated. Consequences will be dire. Students must complete all work individually and must not collaborate with others without the teacher’s permission. Students will be encouraged to take the following pledge created by WHHS students and faculty on the Academic Integrity Committee  (AIC):   

 I pledge to be honest, fair, and respectful  in all my dealings with fellow Westies. I will display my Westie Pride by not cheating, stealing, lying, or assisting others in doing so.” 

Academic Integrity

Mission Statement:
Promote the values of
Responsibility and
Integrity in order to
Develop an understanding of the benefits of honesty and to
Educate the school community


WHHS Honor Code:
HONESTY-submitting work that is one’s original creation and not assisting others in misrepresenting work,
RESPECT-acknowledging and respecting the efforts of others and treating them equally,
RESPONSIBILITY-recognizing the effects of one’s actions and taking responsibility for responsible consequences, and 
DEDICATION– working hard to achieve one’s own potential and preserving in the face of obstacles.


 Definitions:     (Adapted with permission from Staples HS, Westport, CT)
a.  Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching and taking personal responsibility for one’s actions.
b.  An assessment is any assignment for which a student receives a grade. 
c.  Cheating is the act or attempted act by which a student deceives, acts dishonestly, or misrepresents work that he/she has produced on an assessment 
     or assists another to misrepresent his/her work.
     Cheating includes but is not limited to the following examples:
i. Copying from others during an assessment inside or outside the classroom
ii. Collaborating on an assessment with others without teacher authorization;
iii. Using unauthorized materials to complete an assessment including notes, calculators, cell phones,
        other electronic devices, or the Internet;
iv. Taking an assessment for another student or permitting someone else to take an 
        assessment for you;
v. Allowing others to conduct research or write an assessment 
        (i.e. accessing another’s essay from the Internet without acknowledgement);
vi. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit in more 
than one course 
         without consulting the 
second teacher.
vii. Accessing, taking and benefiting from copies of tests and quizzes previously used or to be used by teachers;
viii. Obtaining test questions and/or copies of tests outside the classroom setting;
ix. Submitting papers written in whole or part  by someone else including the Internet; 
x. Submitting papers on which the student has received substantial assistance from peer and/or adults
        that dramatically changes the character of the work so that it no longer is the student’s own;
xi. Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service, 
         including but not limited to the Internet.
d.  Plagiarism is the use of another person’s original ideas or writing without giving credit 
         to the true author.  This applies to unpublished as well as published sources.
     Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following examples:
i. Quoting another person’s words, sentences, paragraphs, or entire work without the acknowledgement of the source;
ii. Utilizing another person’s ideas, opinions, or theory without acknowledgement of the source;
iii. Copying another student’s written assessment answer;

 *  To avoid plagiarism and to learn how to properly cite sources, studentshould refer to the following guide: 
Gibaldi, Joseph, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers,  7th Edition, 2009
 (copies are located in the
 WHHS Library/Media Center and the Social Studies Department office)    

*  Students may also want to use the following websites as a reference: 
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e.   Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings.
f.   Academic misconduct is any other academically dishonest acts or assistance to other students in the commission of these acts. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following examples
     i. Stealing, buying or bribing to obtain all or part of an assessment; 
     ii. Selling or giving away all or part of an assessment,  including answers  
         (i.e. telling students the content of an  assessment taken at an earlier time);
     iii. Continuing to work on an assessment after the specified allotted time has elapsed without teacher authorization;
     iv. Changing, altering, or being an accessory to the changing or altering of a grade on an assessment;
     v. Making an excuse to obtain an extension on a deadline for an assessment.
     vi. Allowing another student to copy your work without teacher authorization.